AT&T Delivers 4G Speeds, More Mobile Broadband Capacity in Sarasota-Bradenton

More than $425 Million Invested in AT&T Florida Wireless and Wireline Networks in First Half of 2011

Bradenton, Florida, September 13, 2011

As part of its initiative to deliver the nation’s most advanced mobile broadband experience, AT&T* today announced it has upgraded 45 cell sites in Manatee and Sarasota counties year-to-date to optimize network performance and provide faster data speeds.

Since the start of the year, AT&T has made the following improvements in Sarasota and Manatee counties:

  • Deployed enhanced backhaul connections to approximately 20 cell sites. Combined with HSPA+ technology, these backhaul connections enable 4G speeds.
  • Added additional layers of capacity, called “carriers,” to more than 25 cell sites in Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Sarasota, North Port, Osprey, Englewood, and Longboat Key. The extra capacity makes it possible for the sites to accommodate more traffic, which helps improve the performance of mobile broadband data and voice connectivity.

“We’re always looking for new opportunities to provide a better customer experience, and these local network upgrades are just one way we’re doing that,” said Rich Guidotti, vice president and general manager, AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets for West, Central and North Florida. “In addition, our announced agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA will strengthen and expand our network. If approved, this deal means that we’ll be able to expand the next generation of mobile broadband – 4G LTE – from our current plan of 80 percent of the U.S. population to more than 97 percent.”

The local improvements are part of AT&T’s statewide investment to make the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network even faster and provide customers with an advanced mobile broadband experience. In the first half of 2011, AT&T invested more than $425 million in its Florida wireless and wireline networks.

“Florida has set the standard for building jobs and investment based on a consumer-focused environment,” said Marshall Criser, lll, AT&T Florida president. “Just recently, our elected leaders reinforced that commitment by passing the Regulatory Reform Act sponsored by Senator David Simmons, Representative Mike Horner and primary co-sponsor Representative Alan Williams. Through their insight and the leadership of Governor Rick Scott, Senate President Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker Dean Cannon, Florida has one of the most competitive economies for technology investment. As customer demand for services like mobile broadband grows, all Floridians benefit from the choices available to them and the workforce that is needed to meet expanding demand.”

AT&T has the best international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, providing access to voice service in more than 220 countries and data service in more than 200 countries.  AT&T also operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network** with nearly 27,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to nearly 190,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.

For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Manatee and Sarasota counties, or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer.

For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

** Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots. Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See for details and locations.